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Design and Technology

Design & Technology enables students to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding, in order to design, make, analyse and evaluate products of high quality. 

We use assessments to monitor student progress, provide information in relation to attainment and to form a basis for individual action planning.

IN BRIEF: The Design department is equipped for the full range of design and technology disciplines, including Food Technology, Engineering and Product Design at KS4.

In Years 7 and 8,  students are on a carousel of Food, Art Textiles, Product Design and Graphics. They get to carry out projects in each area that teach them a range of skills in designing, making and evaluating.

Please see the information provided under the specific subject tabs below to view what students study in Years 9-11. 

Staff:

  • Mark Commane, BEd (Hons) in Design & Technology
  • Kirsty Pettett, First Class BA (Hons) in Textiles/Surface Design
  • Emily Siddon, National Diploma in art and design (triple distinction), BA (Hons) in Fashion and Textile Design, PGCE in Design and Technology

Product Design

Year Curriculum content summary
7

You will learn the following skills:
Identify different types of mechanism
I can identify types structures
Use resistant materials (wood, metal & plastic)
Communicate your ideas using written, numeric and graphic techniques
Apply digital technologies to the development of my design work
Model my ideas and make templates
I can prototype and develop my ideas
Use machine tools safely & effectively (pillar /bench drill & sanding belt)
Use a range of hand tools safely & effectively
Vacuum forming & understand thermo and thermo set plastics
Use a strip heater to line bend plastics
I can plastic dip coat metals
Use the plastics oven & understand plastics memory
Use a cordless hand independently
Analyse products and carry out research I have used safe working practices
Evaluate your work and suggest how you would develop your ideas and skills
Understand our responsibility for the environment and the development of sustainable design solutions.

8  You will continue to develop yours skills:
Describe smart materials and suggest their applications
Use Computer aided design to communicate and develop design ideas and solutions
Communicate and develop design work using written, numeric and graphic techniques and digital technologies to the development of my design work
Prototype and develop my ideas 
Turn and drill materials using a lathe
Use a forge (hot metal work) safely & effectively
Describe the properties of materials and their applications
Make and test an electronic circuit (transistors) and use a soldering iron safely & effectively
Apply research and analysis of the end users needs to my designing & making
Mark out work with a high degree of accuracy
Use safe working practices, including independently selecting and using appropriate personal protective equipment.
Complete both formative and summative evaluation of my work.
Understand our responsibility for the environment regarding the production and use of both materials and energy sources.
9 Part A:
You will develop your knowledge of the ‘core topics in product design. (50% of course)
1. Design technology and our world
2. Smart materials
3. Electronic systems
4. Mechanical components and devices

Part B:
You will learn in-depth knowledge and understanding through practical projects in the workshop (50% of course)
1. Electronics & control systems.
2. Natural & manufactured timber.
3. Ferrous & non-ferrous metals.
4. Thermoforming & thermosetting polymers.
(Both part A & B are assessed by internal pre publics examination)

Part C:
Design and make project (formally assessed)
 
10  GCSE Product Design

Part A: Year 10
1. New and emerging technologies
2. Energy generation and storage 3.
Developments in new materials
4. Systems approach to designing
5. Mechanical devices
6. Materials and their working properties

How it's assessed; PPEs throughout Year 10 and a written exam in year eleven: 2 hours, 100 marks, 50% of GCSE Questions.

A – Core technical principles (20 marks) Section
B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks) Section
C – Designing and making principles (50 marks)
11  Part B: Year 11
Design & make project


Practical application of core technical principles, specialist technical principles and designing and making principles.

How it's assessed: 30–35 hours course work, 100 marks and 50% of GCSE.

Content:
1. Identifying and investigating design possibilities
2. Producing a design brief and specification
3. Generating design ideas
4. Developing design ideas
5. Realising design ideas
6. Analysing & evaluating

Engineering 

Year 11 Curriculum content summary: Engineering
Engineering sectors, processes and production methods Topic A.1: Engineering sectors and products
Topic A.2: Mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering processes
Topic A.3: Scales of production
Topic A.4: Modernproduction methods.
New engineering technologies and materials Topic B.1: Modern and smart materials in engineering
Topic B.2: Modern material foams in engineering
Topic B.3: Modern material processes in engineering
Topic B.4: New technologies in engineering.
Engineering and environmental considerations Topic C.1: Sustainable engineered products
Topic C.2: Minimising waste production in engineering
Topic C.3: Lean manufacturing
Topic C.4: Renewable sources of energy in engineering.

Food 

Year Curriculum content summary
7 Students are on a carousel of Food, Art Textiles, Product Design and Graphics. They get to carry out projects in each area that teach them a range of skills in designing, making and evaluating.
8 Students are on a carousel of Food, Art Textiles, Product Design and Graphics. They get to carry out projects in each area that teach them a range of skills in designing, making and evaluating.
9 Students who pick Food for Year 9 complete the Level 1 & 2 qualification in Home Cooking Skills. This requires them to cook weekly and learn different skills that are showcased in the final assessment of each unit.